4/25/2011

Vogelzang "The Performer" Wood Stove, Model# TR009 Review

Vogelzang The Performer Wood Stove, Model# TR009
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Steel woodstoves like this one are designed to cast off heat quickly/don't reatin it well. Good for the weekend/ambience burner but for aprimary heat source I'd consider Cast Iron which stays hot longer. Also this stove burns differently, higher temps for more efficient burn.
Pros: This woodstove puts off some real heat once you get it going. This is the key phrase-see cons. Elegant apperance/pewter accents/chrome trim. Big glass viewing window. You dont need much clearance dut to rear heat shield. Ash drawer is better than I expected/very useful.The secondary burn is efficient and cranks up the thermometer.The price is about 1/2 of what local woodstove store charging for steel stoves.
Cons- Spiral handle falls off. Woodstove can be hard to get going, testing your patience at times (plan on 1 hour for a good solid burn where you feel confident leaving the room!) I have a mason chimney. This heats our basement well but the upstairs rarely gets beyond the low 60's. The glass does get dirty with every burn despite the "self cleaning" but a little soft scrub works well. It is made in China despite the comapny being a U.S. company (what do the chinese know about woodstoves?) but again a fair price for the product.
I had to get a dolly to get this inside/2 person job. Three perosn job assemblimg (attaching firebox to pedestal...aprox 300 lbs.
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EPA-certified airtight stove burns up to 25 lbs. of wood to heat up to 2200 sq. feet for as long as 12 hours. The Performer boasts heavy-gauge 3/16in. reinforced plate steel, a firebrick-lined firebox, an adjustable high-speed blower and a large ash drawer for easy cleanup. Safety tested to UL Standard 14821998. BTU Output: 119,900, Heating Capability (sq. ft.): 2,200, Blower Included: Yes, Blower (CFM): 100, Blower Power Supply (Volts, Amps): 110, Full Load Run Time (Hours): 12, Fuel Type: Wood, Igniter: Manual, Thermostat Included: No, Door Opening W x H (in.): 18 x 9, Firebox Size W x D (in.): 21 x 14, Flue Collar Size (in.): 6, Max. Log Size Accepted (L in.): 20, Stove Pipe Included: No, Clearance from Side Wall (in.): 15, Clearance from Rear Wall (in.): 12, Clearance from Corner (in.): 12, EPA Exempt: No, Dimensions W x D x H (in.): 26 1/2 x 26 x 33

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